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Tue
Jul 8 2014 1:30pm

Brandon Sanderson Reads First Chapter From Stormlight Archive Book 3!

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Brandon Sanderson was a guest at this past July 4th weekend’s FantasyCon in Salt Lake City and took the opportunity to read a portion of the opening chapter of Stones Unhallowed, the third book in the Stormlight Archive! As Sanderson notes in the videos below, it was written only one week prior to the reading, so it’s very much not the finished version we’ll eventually see. Still exciting, though!

There’s video footage and a transcript below. It’s a Kaladin chapter and Words of Radiance spoilers are immediately present. Proceed with caution!

[First chapter from Stones Unhallowed]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 10:40am

New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer is Somehow Even Better Than the Rest!

Check out this even more extended Guardians of the Galaxy trailer! This movie, which already looks awesome, somehow looks better every time they release more footage. How is this possible? What feats of alchemy is James Gunn capable of??? Can he direct all the movies from now on? The new trailer features an extended (hilarious) argument between Starlord and Rocket, and a glimpse of Ronan the Accuser! Watch the full extended-ness below!

[GROOOOOT.]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 10:15am

Merlin’s Beard! J.K. Rowling Has Written a New Harry Potter Short Story

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Since the Harry Potter series ended in 2007, J.K. Rowling has frustrated fans by revisiting the wizarding world in fits and starts, focusing more on background characters than on Harry, Ron, Hermione, and their allies and enemies. But now—inspired by the FIFA World Cup, of all things—Rowling has released a new short story set in the Potterverse, answering plenty of questions as to what our favorite trio has gotten up to in their thirties.

For everyone who was let down by the epilogue in Deathly Hallows, you’ll want to read this.

[New Harry Potter! This is not a test!]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: If You’re Gonna Build a Limo Out of a Car, Why Not Do it with Some Style?

So prom season is over, which is not usually something we care about, but how sweet would it be to roll up in this stretch DeLorean? Oh, if only there was some way to slip the bonds of time and travel back to May...

Morning Roundup is excited to be back from a long weekend! Yeah, we’re going with that! We’ve got rumors of the Pacific Rim sequel, a movie from the greatest timeline, and 100% more Rogue!

[Plus the Imperial invasion of Frankfurt Airport. Enjoy!]

Mon
Jul 7 2014 5:40pm

Guillermo del Toro Back at Work on Mountains of Madness Movie, But...

Guillermo del Toro At the Mountains of Madness

Really, there’s only one correct answer here. WE ALL WANT A CTHULHU MOVIE. And Guillermo del Toro is once again saying he’ll give us one! But, like all things Lovecraftian, this will come at great cost. Not the world’s sanity this time, but the cost of an R-rating!

Del Toro has worked out a deal with Legendary Pictures to deliver a PG-13 adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness...which is going to be gosh-darned interesting, since that means he won’t be able to show much, um, blood, or gore, or bland heroes losing all their marbles in the face of tentacular horror...but still. CTHULHU MOVIE!!! Read the first part of the interview at WSJ, and go and look at del Toro’s gorgeous concept art, first uncovered back in 2013!

Mon
Jul 7 2014 3:15pm

Come to the Summer Tor.com Meet-Up on July 17th!

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Man, we can’t remember the last time we threw a party that wasn’t a reading, or trivia, or the launch of an entire imprint!

Tor.com is having a summer meet-up this month, on Thursday, July 17th at the upstairs bar at our always-reliable mainstay Professor Thom’s in Manhattan (2nd Ave between 13th and 14th). It’s from 6 to 11 and we’ll be there, whomever we are, to talk about comic book movies, gender representation, funky fresh dance moves...whatever brings the fun. You can RSVP on Facebook here. Or just show up and say hello!

Kirk/Spock DJ illustration by Chris Whetzel

Mon
Jul 7 2014 3:13pm

Former Superman Brandon Routh Joins Arrow

Brandon Routh Arrow season 3 Ray Palmer the Atom Superman DC Comics the CWYou’ve got to admire actors who are willing to take more than one try at playing a comic book superhero, especially when the first hero isn’t as well-received by audiences as hoped. Ryan Reynolds went from Deadpool to Green Lantern; we’ve nearly forgotten about current Captain America Chris Evans’ past as Johnny Storm... and now Brandon Routh joins the club of superhero reduxes.

Six years after he played the Man of Steel in the tepidly-received Superman Returns, Routh returns to the DC universe. Except this time it’s on television—the CW’s Arrow—and it’s a character of a, shall we say, smaller stature than Superman.

[Then again, big things come in small packages]

Mon
Jul 7 2014 2:15pm

The Baby From Labyrinth Made a Short Puppet Film a Lot Like Labyrinth

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It turns out the baby in the stripey pajamas from Labyrinth kind of did grow up to be the Goblin King—in a sense. Toby Froud, who played the little tot David Bowie tossed around during “Magic Dance,” is all grown up and working in the family business: Following in the footsteps of his dad, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal conceptual artist Brian Froud, he’s teamed up with Heather Henson to bring us a wonderfully eerie, puppet-filled short film, Lessons Learned, which harkens back to the stylistic gloom of Labyrinth.

[Check out the trailer!]

Thu
Jul 3 2014 5:00pm

Happy Fourth of July from Tor.com!

Your friends at Tor.com are taking a small break to celebrate Independence Day here in the U.S., (as are our regular features) and in what has become a tradition for us, we like giving our readers a dose of Muppet patriotism courtesy of Sam the Eagle: keeping the world safe from weirdos since 1976.

Enjoy and have a great 4th of July!

Thu
Jul 3 2014 11:40am

Brooding Superman Teams Up With Sad Batman in New Batman v Superman Photo

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We know that Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent are frenemies in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (more on that title in a sec), but this first official photo of Henry Cavill donning the cape again reminds us a lot of our first look at Ben Affleck in the Batsuit two months ago.

That is, he looks very sad and brooding, frowning into the (Gotham? Metropolis?) rain.

[Why so serious? Wait, wrong movie.]

Thu
Jul 3 2014 11:05am

Want to See Frozen as a 2D, Hand-Drawn Animated Film?

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Back in 2013, Disney’s chief executive Bob Iger said that the company had no plans to make any more 2D animated movies. Those of us who grew up on The Lion King, Aladdin, and other hand-drawn classics were gutted, because as much as the current 3D offerings retain the same wit and infectious songs, the animation style leaves something to be desired. (Except for Wreck-It Ralph, but that worked since it was set in a video game.)

But we can always live on in fantasy, through pieces like this Frozen concept art that lets us reimagine the runaway hit as a Disney film of yesteryear.

[Feast your eyes]

Thu
Jul 3 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Star Wars Toy Uprising Has Begun

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While our own stormtrooper desk toys have not yet begun actively campaigning for us to join the dark side, it’s really only a matter of time. Just the other day, Emily’s weird Darth Vader transformer toy got into a really heated discussion as to whether The Force constitutes a religion. And Chris has been trying to get his Ric Olie action figure to stop drinking for months now.

Your Morning Roundup is reading weird stories from Belgium and thinking of the thousands of possibilities inherent in Hocus Pocus 2: The Pocusing.

[Read more]

Wed
Jul 2 2014 5:20pm

Trailer Revealed For Studio Ghibli’s New Film, When Marnie Was There

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This summer, Studio Ghibli will release its latest film, When Marnie Was There, a haunting (literally) tale of two girls whose sweet friendship is only slightly complicated by one of them maybe being a ghost.

[Watch the first trailer]

Wed
Jul 2 2014 4:30pm

Watch Humanity Fall to the Simian Flu in Before the Dawn of the Apes Short Films

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The producers of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have teamed up wth Motherboard (VICE’s short films channel) to create Before the Dawn, a series of short films meant to bridge the gap between Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the forthcoming sequel. The three films, spanning the course of a decade, answer several questions about how the tables turn towards the apes’ favor, and how our future rulers began to appropriate certain pieces—and weapons—of human culture.

[Read more]

Wed
Jul 2 2014 2:30pm

Sailor Moon Reboot’s New Opening and Transformation Sequence Leaked

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July seems to be the month for anime—in addition to Netflix’s original series Knights of Sidonia, the Sailor Moon reboot will premiere on July 5! Ahead of the new series, both the new theme song and Sailor Moon’s iconic transformation sequence have been leaked... and they’re a bit different from the original we all know and love.

[Moon... Crystal... Power!]

Wed
Jul 2 2014 12:30pm

Can We Have These Gorgeous Book-Inspired Benches?

Peter Pan bench

Hoo boy, we are jealoooouuuus. Staring today and running through September 15th, London is getting a set of 50 book-inspired benches designed by local artists. It’s all from Books about Town, and we are so sad that they won’t be nearby where we can sit on them all day and read. Just look at these beauties!

[Check them out. No seriously, check them out.]

Wed
Jul 2 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 16: Max Gladstone and Tabitha Jensen

Rocket Talk

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by Max Gladstone and Tabitha Jensen. They chat about old school online gaming, the nature of the blogosphere, maps, and representational fiction.

Gladstone is the author of three books, including the soon to be released Full Fathom Five. He's been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award in 2014 for the second time.

Jensen is the proprietor of Not Yet Read, a blog covering young adult and adult science fiction and fantasy. She lives in California and has suffered from World of Warcraft addiction.

[Listen here!]

Wed
Jul 2 2014 10:15am

Sherlock in Your Stocking! Cumberbatch and Freeman Will Be Back on Christmas 2015!

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It’s official! After some playful tweeting between Mark Gatiss and BBC One, we’ve got word on when we can expect our favorite consulting detective back on TV.

[Read more]

Wed
Jul 2 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Daniel Radcliffe Gets Bored, Buys a Bunch of Dogs

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Accio cool guy, huh? Living Harry Potter simulacrum Daniel Radcliffe was spotted in NYC’s Bryant Park yesterday walking ten million dogs at once and giving approximately no $%&#s. God, imagine being stuck behind this jerk on the sidewalk, cigarette smoke blowing in your face on a humid summer day and no way to get around the clump of smoke and dog. You’re the worst, unnamed character from this Judd Apatow film.

Your Morning Roundup is devoted to hypno-sloth. ALL HAIL.

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